IND vs ENG 2nd Test Live: Sunil Gavaskar says, ‘Rahane and Pujara won’t create a scene if they are dropped’- Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has opened up on the poor form of India’s middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. Gavaskar said that the duo will not create a scene even if they get dropped. Rahane was dismissed by James Anderson on just 1 after playing 23 balls in the second Test while Pujara was sent back on 9.
“Rahane was the highest run-scorer for India at the WTC final with 49. So nobody else has scored runs in this period, to be honest, but questions have been asked only about two cricketers. They are low-profile cricketers. They are not going to rip their shirt off and create a scene (if they are dropped),” Gavaskar said on Sony Sports Network.
IND vs ENG 2nd Test Live: Rahane’s stats since century at Melbourne
22, 4, 37, 24, 1, 0, 67, 10, 7, 27, 49, 15, 5, 1
Since the historic century at Melbourne, Rahane has just scored one fifty in 15 innings. Rahane’s last fifty came in February 2021 against England in the 2nd Test at Chennai. In his last 8 innings, he has failed to put up a fifty-plus score.
“Just let Ajinkya Rahane play. Yes, if he does not score runs here there is cause for concern but that cause for concern has to be regarding his technical abilities, with Pujara as well. The way he has got out in Australia playing down the wrong, being beaten by the outswinger nothing has changed as far as that is concerned. So what is happening? Who is the one to take care of it? Not just with Pujara. There’s a staff there. If you are getting out in the same manner, then there is something wrong not just with your technique but also the guys who are supposed to help you,” Gavaskar added.
IND vs ENG 2nd Test Live: India’s No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara’s recent form has raised questions over his place in India’s playing XI. Like Rahane, Pujara has embarrassed India in his last innings. His dismissal for just 9 runs in the 2nd Test meant Pujara is yet to score a half-century in the last 10 innings (5 Tests. His scorecards read: 9, 12*, 4, 15, 8, 17, 0, 7, 21, 15, 73. The right-handed batsman is yet to score a century since January 2019.
Cheteshwar Pujara in England
2021- 9, 4, 12*